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Balancing the Grind with Daniel Carew, Co-Founder at adash

Daniel Carew is a co-founder at adash, the world’s first food content creator-specific app, connecting food content creators to their biggest fans.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

After studying business at university my career has revolved around sales and marketing across a large corporate, the family business, and a start-up. Before co-founding adash as the COO with my two business partners in January this year.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

Start with getting my inbox, slack and everything else cleaned with nothing outstanding before getting into the day. As a start-up no two days look the same which is the best part. It could be speaking to customers, planning a marketing strategy or building a pitch deck for investors.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

It sure does. We are all currently working remotely with an international engineering team. This has been forced onto us through COVID but it has worked really well and is something we will continue with into the future post-COVID. Work life balance is so important and as long as we can all get our work done then we don’t see any reason to change this.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance is so important to keep motivated and sane when building a company. Burning out through work is not productive in the short term or long term so I look to avoid it at all costs.

Turning notifications off is the most important for me when I am having time away from work at night or on the weekend. If I don’t have time where I can switch off completely I know I will burn out.

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

Completing a Getting Things Done course has improved my productivity and focus tenfold. It involves doing a weekly review and documenting everything from your mind down into a to-do list which sounds daunting but it actually ensures you have more headspace to focus on the important things. There is more to it but it has been life-changing.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is essential reading for anyone.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

Notion. I have only recently adopted it into my personal life and we have now integrated at adash to ensure everything is organised and there is a single source of truth.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Elon Musk – purely because he has the reputation that he has no life outside of work which I find hard to believe.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

People need to spend more time focussing on this and dedicating time and thought to ensure they achieve it.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.